Sunday, 1 December 2019

Eglerio! Tolkien at Leeds IMC 2020 Sessions Announced

What a great opportunity for Dr. Wotan to resume his errant blogging with this announcement about the Tolkien at Leeds International Medieval Congress 2020 which I am co-organising this year with Dr. Dimitra Fimi.  Dr. Fimi has spent the last five years working valiantly and tirelessly to first establish and then organise these sessions at Leeds (you can read Dr. Fimi's roundup reports of the past conferences here: 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019 ). 

For the 2020 conference Dr. Fimi and I are organising the conference together so I can 'learn the ropes' to take over organising the conference in 2021 (big shoes to fill!).   For Tolkien at Leeds IMC 2020 Dr. Fimi and I are very pleased to announce that all 5 sessions on J.R.R. Tolkien that were proposed have been accepted: including three that will focus on the overall theme of this year's conference: borders.     

Here are the sessions titles and papers.  Please note that we will be adding the session days and times in the coming weeks.  

SESSION 104: 


J.R.R. Tolkien: Medieval Roots and Modern Branches 


Sponsor: School of Critical Studies, University of Glasgow
Organiser: Dr. Andrew Higgins, Independent Scholar
Moderator/Chair: Deirdre Dawson, Independent Scholar
Session Day/Time: TBA 

A Preliminary History of Deadly Splinters
Victoria Holtz-Wodzak,  Viterbo University Wisconsin

Tolkien Alliterative Style in The Homecoming of Beorhtnoth Beorhthelm's Son 
Anna Smol, Mount Saint Vincent University, Nova Scotia

Dewdrop, Apple and Pomegranate: Three Symbols of the Ring Bearing in Czerniawski's Wyprawa
Joel Merriner, University of Plymouth UK

Foraging for Sources: Sir Orfeo as the Origin of Medieval Romance Topoi Present in Mirkwood
Andoni Cossio, Universidad del Pais Vasco

Session 905: 


New Sources and Approaches to Tolkien's Medievalism - A Round Table Discussion


Sponsor: School of Critical Studies, University of Glasgow
Organiser and Moderator: Dr. Andrew Higgins, Independent Scholar
Session Day/Time: TBA 

Participants:

Leo Carruthers, Centre d'Etudes Medievales Anglaises (CEMA), Sorbonne Université

Dr. Dimitra Fimi, School of Critical Studies, University of Glasgow

Kristine Larsen, Geological Sciences Department, Central Connecticut State University

Thijs Porck, Centre for the Arts in Society (LUCAS), Universiteit Leiden

This roundtable discussion will focus on works by J.R.R. Tolkien published during the last few years, with a particular emphasis on the latest posthumous publication of Tolkien's Lost Chaucer, edited by John M Bowers (Oxford University Press).


SESSION 1536: 


Borders in Tolkien's Medievalism I     



Sponsor: School of Critical Studies, University of Glasgow 

Organiser: Dr. Andrew Higgins, Independent Scholar 
Moderator/Chair: Kristine Larsen, Central Connecticut State University 
Session Day/Time: TBA 

The Liminality of Tolkien's Non-Human Species 

Dr. Andrzej Wicher, Uniwersytet Lodz 

Undead of Undying: Limits of Immortality in Tolkien's Work 

Gaëlle Abaléa, Sorbonne Université Paris 

Implementing the Liminal Space: Vampires and Werewolves  

Sara Brown, Independent Scholar 


SESSION 1636: 


Borders in Tolkien's Medievalism II 



Sponsor: School of Critical Studies, University of Glasgow 
Organiser: Dr. Andrew Higgins, Independent Scholar 
Moderator/Chair: Sara Brown, Independent Scholar  
Session Day/Time:  TBA 

Tolkien's Taliska: Language Invention on Linguistic Borders
Dr. Andrew Higgins, Independent Scholar

Linguistic Borders, Boundaries and Bridges in Tolkien's Writing
Deirdre Dawson, Independent Scholar

Borders of Mind and Nation in Tolkien's Works
Ellen Duncan, Independent Scholar

SESSION 1736: 


Borders in Tolkien's Medievalism III


Sponsor: School of Critical Studies, University of Glasgow  
Organiser and Moderator/Chair: Dr. Andrew Higgins, Independent Scholar
Session Day/Time: TBA 

Boundaries and Marches: Marked and Unmarked Edges in Tolkien's Maps
Erik Mueller-Harder, Independent Scholar

The Walls of the World and The Voyage of the Evening Star: The Complex Borders of Medieval Geocentric Cosmology
Kristine Larsen, Central Connecticut State University

The Limits of Subcreation
Lars Konzack, Institute for Kommunikation, Copenhagen Universitet

Time-Travel, Astronomy and Magic Mirrors: The Borders between 'Reality' and 'Otherworlds' within Middle-earth
Aurelie Bremont, Sorbonne Université Paris





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